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 Healthy living and longevity in Guanacaste, Costa Rica


Some of us claim we feel better the day we arrive in Costa Rica. We have more energy.


Of course, most of us feel that way go on any trip to a beautiful and fun place.


None of us are going to debate whether anyone actually feels better or not, or if they just enjoy being back in Costa Rica, but we all agree that the Nicoya Peninsula on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica appears more healthy than many places in the US. There are always fresh breezes coming off the mountains from the North or Pacific Ocean, people are calm and friendly (even the gringos), the food is fresh and there isn't any traffic unless you are counting sea turtle traffic jams on the beach during the annual nesting of olive ridley.


Perhaps most importantly, physical activity is a way of life in the Nicoyan Peninsula.


Take Don Modesto in the photo below. He is the rancher from whom we purchased our Finca. He is in his 70s, but he appears as fit as an athletic man in his 20s. He walks or rides his horse almost everywhere and those of us who have walked the Finca Las Brisas with him have had a hard time keeping up.


You don't need to compare to American longevity figures or get out your longevity calculator to know these factors will contribute to a longer and healthier life. This picture of him was taken recently when we held a fund raiser fiesta for the three to ten student school house next to our finca.


After he sold us his finca he built a new house way up the mountain next to Zaragoza. He rode the 10 or more kilometers down a very steep grade to come to the fiesta and we don't think he viewed that as much of an effort.


In fact of the 100+ people who attended the fiesta, maybe five of them drove cars. Everyone else walked or rode for miles in some pretty rough terrain. Of the 40 or so men there we don't remember seeing a single one that was carrying some extra weight - except for a couple of us gringos.


When we visit the falls and river in our valley we call it a hike, or an outing, a day trip, or an adventure. The ticos in the area call it a visit. Most of them could easily out-hike the average gym rat.


You don't need to compare to American longevity figures or get out your longevity calculator to know these factors will contribute to a longer and healthier life.


All of us that have been part of Finca Las Brisas would agree that when we are there we are far more active, we are more relaxed, we eat better (except maybe for an extra beer or two consumed each each day), the food tastes better, we spend most of our time outside in the sun and fresh air, and we spend more time enjoying the environment and the people around us.  


Apparently, we are not the only ones who think this part of Costa Rica is a healthy place to live. ABC ran a report by Dan Buettner who has been traveling the world searching for places where people live the longest.


"Buettner labels Nicoya (Nicoyan Peninsula, on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica) a 'blue zone,' a place where many factors American Longevity - Longevity Calculatorcombine to allow people to live longer and better."


(Photos in the header above is taken from Buettner's videos.)


Click here to read this ABC report.


Click to view these are amazing videos from the interviews of people in Nicoya conducted by Quest Network, Inc.


Click For Kids: This is are some great videos for kids on longevity in Nicoya.




Young people, like Adrian at La Roca where we eat when we are working on the finca, look more healthy than sedentary young people in the US.
Soccer, fishing, walking, surfing, and even basketball. Everyone seems to be active.
Most work involves labor of some kind. Some men live incredibly active lives.
We walk and hike a lot when we are there
Group hike to the waterfalls and valley on the finca
Girls on a hike
Finca workers clearing Dave Cunningham's Lot #3
Group hike

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Located (near Playa Samara, Playa Carrillo, Playa Garza, Playa Buenavista, Playa Guiones, Playa Nosara, Playa Ostional, and Playa San Juanilla) on the Nicoya Peninsula overlooking  the Pacific coast of Costa Rica